Keynotes & General Session
Opening Keynote Address: "The Future in Automation"
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Dr. Peter Martin—Vice President, Invensys
Wednesday Keynote Address: "The Future in Automation"
Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Major General Robert E. Wheeler
Major General Robert E. Wheeler, currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure Capabilities (DCIO for C4IIC), will deliver a special opening day keynote on SCADA and industrial infrastructure cybersecurity. Holding numerous military honors and rich with experience, the general is an engaging expert with intimate knowledge of the threats to government and our industry. He'll speak frankly about what government is doing about cyber threats and what we, in the automation industry, need to do. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a new perspective on the security issues that affect your life as an automation professional, and as a citizen of the world.
Workforce Development Issues and Today’s Automation Professional
Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Dr. Maurice Wilkins, VP Global Strategic Marketing Center, Yokogawa Corporation of America
“I’m delighted to be the moderator for a distinguished panel of industry experts for what is certain to be a lively and diverse discussion on workforce development and its imminent effect on today’s plant workers. Workforce development is one of the largest issues facing industry and one that will have a quick and lasting impact on process automation personnel. The panelists are top executives representing the supplier, systems integrator, and educational communities who will share their inside views of trends and inevitabilities that will affect us all in both the short and the long term as seen from each of their vantage points into the automation.”
- Paul Galeski, CEO & Founder of MAVERICK Technologies
- Peter G. Martin, VP, Invensys
- Michael Milligan, Executive Director of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
1. Workforce development isn’t just “hiring and firing” or filling an employment gap. Find out how your career and job tasks will be impacted by looming issues in training, education, and mentoring.
2. Get a glimpse at how industrial problem-solving may be changing in the future as a generational mix of employees must work together to run an enterprise.
3. Learn about cultural differences that will affect the way we interact together on the job, what motivates various population groups in industry, and find out how you can stay vital, valuable, and involved at your plant as we move through the coming months and years.
Executive Panel on Cybersecurity:
Cybersecurity Challenges to Industry
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Brigadier General Rudolf Peksens,
US Air Force (Retired) Moderator
“I am pleased to be hosting a distinguished panel of cybersecurity experts who are working in a hands-on capacity to help secure our critical infrastructure from cyber attack. We’ll discuss President Obama’s executive order for the cybersecurity protection of industrial automation and control systems—and the engagement that ISA and the Automation Federation have with the White House staff and NIST personnel in developing the framework to implement this order. Join us for a lively discussion on these vital issues—from panelists who aren’t regularly available to those of us working in automation and controls but whose influence will be felt by us all.”
Brigadier General RUDOLF PEKSENS, US Air Force (Retired) is an independent consultant focusing on helping organizations adapt to cyber challenges. General Peksens previously worked in the defense industry for 15 years where most recently he was the Director of Strategic Pursuits in the Raytheon Company's Network Centric Systems. In that position he developed strategies for business growth including mergers and acquisitions with emphasis on cyber companies. From 1966 to 1995 General Peksens served in the US Air Force. He is an experienced commander and combat aviator and the only US Air Force officer to have flown fighter, bomber, and reconnaissance aircraft in combat. He is a command pilot with nearly 3,900 flying hours, including more than 600 combat hours in operations over Vietnam and Iraq. General Peksens is a graduate of Tufts University, the Naval College of Command and Staff, and the National War College.
Invited Panel Members:
- Samara Moore, National Security Council, Director for Critical Infrastructure
- Eric Cosman, Dow Chemical
- Lee Lane, Rockwell Automation
- Robert J. Elder, Lt. General, USAF (Ret)